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Editors: Takao Shimomura (University of Tokushima, Japan)
Book Description:
This book illustrates an "Easy", "Enjoyable", "Effective" e-Learning system called "Apty" (Automated Practice & Test System). Today, the Internet is just as available in homes as it is in companies, schools and anywhere else where broad-band communication lines are available. This establishes the social environments for e-Learning. However, under present circumstances, e-Learning systems cannot be used without conditions. The spread of e-Learning in elementary schools, junior high schools, senior high schools, colleges and universities is not wide enough. There are a number of issues with current e-learning systems: there are difficulties in installing and administering e-Learning systems; the development of courseware is time-consuming; educators are often forced to use ready-made products; student-users need to perform several operations to reach their desired page of interest because of the complexity of current e-Learning systems; and finally, quality e-Learning systems are costly.

This new book is divided into three parts: Introduction, Advanced, and Expert. The introduction part explains the general functions of the Apty system. Although the Advanced and Expert parts may require background information in certain cases, nearly all functions of the Apty system can be utilized according to the instructions outlined in this book.

The Apty system is "enjoyable". Students can enjoy studying with the Apty system. The system randomly chooses questions from the pool of those previously created and stored. For any subject, they can practice a few new questions in a short time without logging in. In practice drills and examinations that consist of a series of short quizzes, those top ten scores appear in a subject home page, and anyone can view these scores without logging in. Since the top ten practice scores can be summarized for each week or even for each day, it is possible for anyone to get the top score. The order of the top ten scores changes very often. This can encourage students to study hard by competing with each other.

Table of Contents:
Prologue;pp. 1-8
What is e-Learning?
Present status of e-Learning
Problems with e-Learning
Roles the Apty system plays

Part I: Introduction

1. Installation and administration of Apty system;pp. 11-16
1.1 Installation of Apty system
(1) Start an Apty system installation tool
(2) Start installation
1.2 Administration of Apty system
(1) Start Apty server administration tool
(2) Let's use Apty server administration tool
(3) Close Apty server administration tool

2. Usage of Apty system by students;pp. 17-35
2.1 Settings of Web browser
(1) Make pop-up windows available
2.2 Practice for subject Trivia
(1) View Apty home page
(2) View subject home page
(3) Practice subject Trivia
(4) View practice scores for subject Trivia
2.3 Examination for subject Trivia
(1) Take an exam for subject Trivia
(2) An exam consists of a series of small tests
2.4 Review of Trivia exam problems
(1) Check my scores
(2) Review exam problems
2.5 Inquire exams being held
(1) View exam scores being held
(2) Check a subject under examination
(3) Check the exam that is being held for my course

3. Creation of a new subject by Apty administrator;pp. 37-42
3.1 Apty administrator login
(1) Login as Apty administrator
3.2 Creation of subjects
(1) Create subject Trivia2
(2) Delegation of authority to subject administrator
(3) Return to the Apty home page
(4) Direct access to a subject home page

4. Make questions by subject administrator;pp. 43-64
4.1 Subject administrator login
(1) Log in as subject administrator
(2) View subject administration page
4.2 Creation of problem groups
(1) Create a problem group
(2) Correct answer ratio of 4-choice questions
4.3 How to create problems
(1) Display problem edit page
(2) Compose a problem
(3) Use HTML view edit function
(4) Paste an uploaded image
(5) Retrieve problems
4.4 Example of creating problems
(1) Create problems
(2) Insert a blank for filling in to the problem statement
(3) Change the color of "sea" to blue
(4) Insert an earth image into a problem statement
(5) Add a created problem to problem group "earth"
(6) Check a problem preview
4.5 Confirmation test of problems
(1) Display a list of problems
(2) Do a confirmation test for problems

5. Settings of practice and exams by subject administrator;pp. 65-94
5.1 Guide to tests
(1) Determine test type
(2) Set an examination
(3) Set problems at random
(4) Wrong range and correct range
(5) Set problems in the order of problem numbers
(6) See a guide page to tests
(7) Delete previous records to conduct a new series of examinations, a new practice, and a new questionnaire
(8) A flow of conducting tests
5.2 Example of setting a practice
(1) Set a practice
(2) Specify the range of problems for practice
(3) Check the setting of practice in the subject home page
(4) Example of a wrong range of problems
(5) Change and delete a practice
5.3 Example of setting an examination
(1) Set an examination
(2) Specify the range of problems for examination
(3) Set the start time of an examination
(4) Check the problem range and start time for an examination
(5) Check the setting of examinations in the subject home page
5.4 Check exam scores, review effects, practice effects, and correct answer ratios
(1) Check exam scores
(2) Check review effects
(3) Check practice effects
(4) Check correct answer ratios of problems

6. Creation of a student list;pp. 95-103
6.1 Check a student list
(1) Check a list of students
6.2 Change a student list
(1) Determine student authentication method
(2) Create a student list file
(3) Change a student's password
(4) Delete exam scores of subject Trivia
(5) Read a student list file into the Apty system
(6) Switch to Custom authentication or PAM authentication

Part 11: Advanced

7 Apty administration;pp. 107-115
7.1 Change of Apty settings
(1) Change Apty settings
(2) Display the Apty message in all subject home pages
(3) Change the subject order
(4) Change an interval of updating the server clock
(5) Change a language in which the Apty home page is displayed
(6) Specify the Apty service stop message
(7) Specify the Apty administrator's e-mail address to contact
(8) Specify SMTP server host
(9) Change the Apty administrator's password
7.2 Check login status
(1) Check students who are logging in
(2) Timeout of login status

8. Subject administration;pp. 117-137
8.1 Change of subject settings
(1) Change subject settings
(2) Set a subject icon
(3) Change a language in which a subject home page is displayed
(4) Set a subject administrator's e-mail address that accepts students' questions
(5) Set up a subject administrator's home page
(6) Delete a subject
8.2 Settings of a subject home page
(1) Set up a subject home page
(2) Set a subject home message
(3) Set a subject feedback message
(4) Set a message for stopping a subject service
8.3 Change of settings of score lists and their utilization
(1) Change the settings of score lists
(2) Download score list files
(3) Utilize an Excel downloaded file
8.4 Settings of a questionnaire
(1) Set a questionnaire
(2) Answer a questionnaire
(3) Check questionnaire results

Part III: Expert
9 Apty system databases;pp. 141-153
9.1 A list of database tables
(1) Apty database
(2) Subject database
9.2 Direct editing of score records in DB tables
(1) Directly edit score records in DB tables
(2) Directly edit exam score DB table records
(3) Directly edit review effect DB table records
(4) Directly edit practice effect DB table records
(5) Directly edit correct answer ratio DB table records
(6) Directly edit questionnaire result DB table records
(7) Fix DB tables after deleting problems by mistake
9.3 Operate DB tables by commands
(1) Operate DB tables by using Postgresql commands
(2) Utilize created problems in another Apty system

10. Customization of Apty system;pp. 155-183
10.1 A list of Apty system files
(1) Directory hierarchy of Apty administration files
(2) Directory hierarchy of subject administration files
10.2 Internationalization of the Apty system
(1) Customize a character encoding
(2) Change a language used in the Apty system
(3) Customize messages that are used to display the Apty home page
(4) Customize messages for a subject home page
(5) Create a message file in a new language
(6) Define messages that contain placeholders
(7) Customize the display of no data
(8) Customize images
(9) Customize a style sheet
10.3 Easy way to write HTML code
(1) Customize an HTML edit menu
(2) Types of HTML edit menu items
(3) How to define HTML edit menu items
(4) Predefined HTML edit menu items
(5) Create a problem statement containing complicated numerical expressions
10.4 Student authentication
(1) Student authentication methods of the Apty system
(2) Custom authentication method [Windows][Linux]
(3) PAM authentication method [Linux]
(4) Ypcat authentication method [Linux]
10.5 Administration of the Apty system
(1) Use system ports (80, 443) for the Tomcat server
(2) Automatic start of the Apty servers at computer boot [Linux]
(3) Improve the performance of the Apty system databases
(4) Transfer the current Apty system to another computer
10.6 Establish a large-scale Apty system
(1) System configuration of a multi-Apty system
(2) Establish a multi-Apty system
(3) Note concerning a multi-Apty system administration

Appendix Apty system DVD;pp. 185-195

Index

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2008, 4th Quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10, 202pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-634-5
   Status: AV
  
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